Epitomized by President Carter's veto of the FY 1979 Defense Authorization Bill and the subsequent failure of the House of Representatives to override that veto, a serious controversy has continued to engulf the Navy, the Department of Defense, Congress, and White House advisors over the future program for carrier-based naval aviation. The veto focused national attention on the disputed need for spending a total of $2.4 billion (in FY 1979 dollars) for a fourth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier that the Navy and Congress believed to be in America's national security interests. However, rather than buy a follow-on Nimitz, President Carter promised to include in his FY 1980 request a $1.6 billion, 62,000-ton, conventionally propelled carrier, the "midi" CVV.
Truver, Scott C.
"The 1978 Carrier Controversy: Why Not the Kennedy?,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 32
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol32/iss2/7